Palazzo highlights space’s role in protecting the United States

Rep. Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.), a former marine serving as the chairman of the Science, Space and Technology Committee’s Subcommittee on Space, recently highlighted the importance America’s role in space and its impact on national security.

“NASA has been without a destination and timeline for a while,” Palazzo said while describing the process by which his subcommittee considered and approved a NASA reauthorization bill on July 10. “We focused on four key priorities. One is the Space Launch System. It’s extremely important that we get American astronauts on American rockets from American soil back into space. We focused on the James Webb Telescope. We focused on the International Space Station. We also focused on commercial space, because we recognize the fact that the private sector might be able to do it a little more efficient and a little less expensive than NASA. With the reality of limited budgets and limited dollars, we would like low Earth orbit to go more commercial and have NASA focus on deep space exploration.”

Palazzo said that space is a key strategic location.

The Ripon Advance
10/4/13